Congratulations to Pride in Newry voted for and confirmed as hosts of the 2019 event which was a huge success on 31 August.  The event was a true show of solidarity for the continued fight for equality in Northern Ireland.

From Thursday 22 August there were a wide various events in the lead up to the Pride Day with the penultimate finale being a spectacular fireworks display.

UK Pride 2020 will take place at Northern Pride in Newcastle from 17 to 19 July.
Visit the Northern Pride website for more info.

The hosts of UKPride 2021 will be voted for by the UKPON Members at the Oct AGM being held in Doncaster.  If you are unable to attend register to apply for proxy voting here

The full agenda can be found here: UKPON 2019 Agenda
A glossy version of the agenda alongside board impact report will be available at conference, you can also see it here: AGM2019Agenda.

Pride organisations across UK, Ireland, The Channel Islands and Gibraltar wishing to bid for UKPride 2021 were recently invited to submit their bids to the board by early September and we’re thrilled to confirm that 4 bids have been accepted as below:

Voting for UKPride 2021 will take place at the AGM in Doncaster. If you are unable to attend the AGM, proxy vote information will be provided in due course. The UKPON board would like to wish all entrants to

Voting will also take place for hosts of the UKPride 2020 AGM. With only 1 submission voting can either be ‘for’ or to ‘abstain’.  This submission came from:  Pride in Gloucestershire

UKPride on Isle of Wight 2018
UKPride2018 – 150m Rainbow Flag celebrating each Pride event in the UK

The UK has more than 150 Pride events ranging from small community events for a few hundred people, to large festival-style Prides and major public events attracting hundreds of thousands. And that’s something to be proud of.  All the Members of the UK Pride Organisers Network are able to vote on which Pride is awarded ‘UKPride‘ status each year. We’re thrilled that 2019 has been the biggest year yet with more Pride events, more visibility for all sexuality and/or gender types and a dramatic stand against hate crime and the continual challenges that the LGBTQ+ community face.

Hosting UKPride shines a beacon on a Pride and makes it a focal point for the Pride movement in the UK in that year, enhancing their position regionally, nationally and in the global Pride movement. It’s a similar model to EuroPride and WorldPride, and Canada has also followed suit.

UKPride – Bidding process

There is no detailed criteria for a bid for UKPride at this time. We do suggest however that the bidding organisation should have organised at least one successful Pride event that was diverse, inclusive and well received. There is no size or location requirements per se, although the bidding organisation should consider that UKPride status could increase visitor numbers to their event so it is crucial that this is planned for. Accessibility in all aspects of the event is a key consideration – including any ticket prices as we encourage free community engagement and visibility such as a Street March/Pride Parade.

Each bid should include details of the event, its location, date, timings, size, and budget. The bid should also be clear about why the organisation is bidding – including why now, and not next year, for example. The bid should be bold, and be proud of its Pride!

The Bid will be share online to all Members of UKPON and via this website. The format therefore may include a document (preferred as a PDF) and/or short movie (not more than 5mins).

In previous years..

The first UKPride was Pride in Hull in 2017, which coincided with Hull’s status as UK City of Culture. Pride in Hull saw a five-fold increase in their visitor numbers, and really set the bar high for future UKPride events.

The second UKPride was Isle of Wight in 2018, their second ever Pride but firmly putting Isle of Wight on the map as an incredibly inclusive, welcoming place to live and visit in the UK. An event that Isle of Wight should be extremely proud of reportedly bringing in a significant revenue to the tourism of the local area.